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Face mask vs. face shield

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE last days of the mandatory wearing of face shields appears to be inevitable. Last week, DOH Usec. Leopoldo Vega, backed by DOH Sec. Francisco Duque III, preempted  the IATF on the issue by stating that wearing of face shields will no longer be required…

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Face mask vs. face shield

By June 22, 2021Punchline

COVID no longer means certain death

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   EVERY week, we get a mouthful of data and statistics on the status of contagion of COVID-19 in the province. While there is reason for the health authorities in Pangasinan, particularly by the Provincial Health Office, to believe that the situation is well under control,…

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COVID no longer means certain death

By June 15, 2021Punchline

Dangerous proposition in Dagupan City

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WITH just less than a year before 2022 elections, Dagupan Mayor Brian Lim is proposing another dangerous proposition that will likely further slowdown, if not completely push back the development of Dagupan City with widespread corruption in the city hall. Recall that when Mayor Lim…

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Dangerous proposition in Dagupan City

By May 18, 2021Punchline

Local campaign issues in 2022

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   SINCE most mayors and barangay kapitan cannot help but think about their political life’s future (night and day) amid the pandemic, let’s talk politics and their fate with the pandemic in the equation. Let’s start with campaign issues in 2022. Incumbent mayors whose towns and…

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Local campaign issues in 2022

By May 11, 2021Punchline

No community pantries in cities?

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE concept of establishing community pantries in neighborhoods is already catching fire across the country. Why aren’t there many community pantries in the towns and cities in Pangasinan where a handful of civic, religious, professional groups thrive? The community pantry as a concept is what…

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No community pantries in cities?

By April 27, 2021Punchline

Between the devil and the deep blue sea?

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IT has become undoubtedly clear that Pangasinan cannot think or believe for a moment that it is not affected by the situations obtaining in NCR+, because it is. But here’s the contentious issue that has since confronted the provincial government. When Pangasinan relatives residing in…

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea?

By April 19, 2021Punchline